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The Academy Awards are as much about who can throw the best party as they are about who won best picture.
Whether it’s the infamous Vanity Fair parties in Los Angeles, or the low-key fun of a living room soiree, party organizers have to make sure that everything is in order come Sunday night.
At the top of the list of things to look after is the cocktail menu. What drinks are served could go a long way in determining the success of a party.
In the spirit of the awards, local bars This Is London, the site of Inside Entertainment and Lancome Paris’ official Oscar party, and Avenue, Yorkville’s trendy hot spot in the lobby of the Four Season’s Hotel, offer a selection of cocktails from their own movie-inspired drink menus.
Every Oscar night starts with the endless clothes parade that is the red carpet. So what better way to start your party than with Inside E’s Marie Antoinette-inspired corsettini. This colourful martini is made with Grey Goose L’orange vodka shaken with a lemon, passion fruit juice and strawberry puree, and is garnished with a strawberry slice dipped in gold-leaf (sugar will suffice if you don’t happen to have any gold leaf lying around).
The Scientific and Technical Awards is every bit as important as the traditional Oscars, but it doesn’t exactly make for good television (that is why they’re held one week earlier). Nod your head to the geeks of movie-making with a classic Grey Goose vodka martini, flavoured with Noilly Prat vermouth and garnished with olives or a lemon twist.
Clint Eastwood has become a staple of the best director category, so give a toast to Dirty Harry with Avenue’s Eastwood-inspired Letters From Iwo Jima Martini. All you need is Gekkeikan sake, soho lychee and lemon juice for this Japanese style drink.
And, save the best for last by giving one of this year's surprise best picture nominations some time to shine. Avenue’s Little Miss Sunshine Martini is made from Red Passion Alize, peach schnapps, passionfruit puree, peach puree and champagne. The movie may not be expected to win the big prize, but the drink just might be the tastiest of the night.
painting the town red on awards night